Papaver somniferum 'Lauren's Grape'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: well-drained, preferably poor soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June to August
- Hardiness: hardy annual
A recent introduction with rich purple-plum petals, which unfurl from their silken buds to create magnificent bowl-shaped flowers. These sit majestically on top of somewhat twisted stems that arise from amongst clumps of greyish green foliage throughout the summer. Their bold colouring is perfect for borders with a 'bruised' planting scheme.
- Garden care:They tend to resent root disturbance, so sow shallowly, directly into a well prepared bed in spring and water well. As the seedlings develop, thin them out to 30cm intervals keeping just the healthiest and most robust plants. Protect the emerging seedlings from slugs and snails. The seedheads can be dried and added to winter arrangements.
- Sow: March-May
- Flowering: June-August
- Approximate quantity: 200 seeds.
- Harmful if eaten
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